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Thu 24 April, 2014

03:16 Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention» Slashdot
angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is in the middle of a parliamentary inquiry examining telecommunications interception laws. Law enforcement organisations are using this to resurrect the idea of a scheme for mandatory data retention by telcos and ISPs. In addition, an Australian law enforcement body is pushing for rules that would force telcos help with decryption of communications."

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03:11 Exetech seeks your cash to improve its clunky smartphone-in-a-watch» Engadget RSS Feed
When we got our hands on Exetech's XS-3, we were intrigued by the idea of cramming a smartphone into a watch, but dismayed at the execution. After all, this was a device that was in no way waterproof, had a 420mAh battery pressing directly onto your...
03:00 The World's Fastest Elevator Will Shoot You Up and Down at 45 MPH» Neatorama


(Unrelated photo via ume-y)

The fastest elevator in the world is in Taipei. It moves at 38 miles per hour. But it looks like that record will be blown away in 2016. Hitachi plans to build an advanced passenger elevator in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, a skyscraper in Guangzhou, China that is 580 yards tall. Hitachi, which has been building high-speed elevators since 1968, promises that this one will move 45 miles per hour.

-via DVICE

03:00 Lost Andy Warhol artworks discovered on Amiga floppies from the '80s» Engadget RSS Feed
Rediscovered artwork like a napkin Picasso or unearthed Matisse can be identified on sight, but pieces crafted in the digital age by pop-artist extraordinaire Andy Warhol and encoded in an outdated format are far more difficult to ascertain. In fact,...
02:44 Modi files nomination from Indian temple city» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Opposition BJP's PM candidate, who is also contesting from Vadodara, files nomination papers from Varanasi.
02:38 Ukraine rivals clash as US blames Russia» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Confrontations reported by Kiev government as US president accuses Russia of going against spirit of Geneva deal.
02:26 Guard kills US doctors in Kabul hospital » AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
A police guard opens fire at an international hospital in Afghanistan's capital, killing at least three Americans.
02:10 France is plotting to take Uber's car-tracking tech and hand it over to taxis» Engadget RSS Feed
While taxi services like Uber may be flat-out unwelcome in Belgium, neighboring France is still trying to figure out how to manage them. Under pressure from traditional cab drivers in the country, a new law was introduced that required the likes of...
02:00 Fingersnapping Super Mario» Neatorama

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I can snap my fingers as well as the next person, but I never knew until today that you (or at least some talented people) can make snapping fingers play different notes. Emil Axelsson is pretty good at it. Watch closely and you’ll see that he’s not snapping the same fingers over and over, but different fingers to make different tones. Enjoy his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. -via Viral Viral Videos 

01:50 Pakistan jets attack rebel border bases» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Operation near Afghanistan border comes as government attempts to re-engage Pakistani Taliban in peace talks.
01:00 Playing Golf with 15-Inch Holes» Neatorama

(Photo: Rick Limpert)

It's not miniature golf. Far from it--you play on regular golf courses. But Big Hole Golf, as the sport is called, uses holes that are 15-inches across. That's much bigger than the 4 and 6-inch regulation hole diameters.

Hack Golf developed the game as part of an effort to lure more people into a sport that is declining in popularity in the United States. John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal explains that much of a round of golf is spent waiting on other players to finish their times on putting greens. By making putting easier, a game goes quicker, often shaving 30-45 minutes off an 18-hole round.

-via TYWKIWDBI

00:42 Sony's streamer lets you watch one show (House of Cards) in 4K for £350» Engadget RSS Feed
If you spent a fortune on the first Sony Bravia UltraHD TVs, it may have hurt to find out that Netflix was only streaming 4K using a format (H.265) that doesn't work on those sets. Sony has now righted that wrong with the FMP-X5 4K media streamer,...
00:40 India votes on second biggest polling day » AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Eleven states and a union territory voting for 117 seats in the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections.
00:12 Hacker-turned-FBI informant may have orchestrated foreign cyberattacks» Engadget RSS Feed
The hacker subplot in House of Cards' second season might have felt out of place, but from the sounds of a recent New York Times report, Frank Underwood's methods for putting captured hackers to work might not be too far-fetched. After being busted...
00:10 NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"» Slashdot
mknewman (557587) writes "For years, critics have been taking shots at NASA's plans to corral a near-Earth asteroid before moving on to Mars — and now NASA's chief has a message for those critics: 'Get over it, to be blunt.' NASA Administrator Charles Bolden defended the space agency's 20-year timeline for sending astronauts to the Red Planet on Tuesday, during the opening session of this year's Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University in the nation's capital."

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00:01 Lost Warhol originals extracted from decaying Amiga floppies» Boing Boing
Golan Levin writes, "My lab (in collaboration with many others) has announced a major dead-media discovery. We have recovered previously unknown, pure-digital artworks by Andy Warhol -- extracted from decaying Amiga floppy disks from 1985." Warhol created the works with Graphicraft, and the disks needed a lot of love and coaxing to get the files off them (to my mind, the story of the technical heroics is a lot more interesting than the pictures, but I'm not much of a Warhol fan).






00:00 To The Bar Princess!» Neatorama


To The Bar Princess by Retro Review

Getting kidnapped by a giant fire breathing turtle with a spiked shell can turn you into a bit of a lush, and when your moustachioed beau spends days leaping through the levels to save your royal behind you have a lot of time to drink peach wine and think about how your life is one big game.

You're not as think as you drunk you are unless you're wearing this To The Bar Princess t-shirt by Retro Review, perfect for late night gaming sessions or pub crawling until last call.

Visit Retro Review's official Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more totally geeky designs:

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00:00 Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend» Neatorama

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Ze Frank takes on the persona of a Bassett hound to explain how dogs and humans relate to each other. It’s  dog food ad, but it’s not intrusively so. The story of the human’s date is lovely, sticking random things the man found in the garden into their mouth holes. -via Daily of the Day

Wed 23 April, 2014

23:43 For Fecal Transplants, Frozen Poop Just as Good» LiveScience.com
The devastating intestine infection called Clostridium difficile can be treated with a so-called "poop transplant," and now new research shows that frozen poop may work just well with fresh fecal matter.
23:14 U.S. regulators to propose new net neutrality rules in May» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Communications and Technology panel on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are expected to vote on May 15 on a new set of so-called "net neutrality" rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers' access to legal Internet content. The rules from the Federal Communications Commission, which released its framework in February, are expected to ensure network operators disclose how they manage Internet traffic and do not block any content on the Web. The proposed rules are also expected to allow Internet providers to negotiate agreements with content providers on delivery of traffic to users as long as the deals they strike are "commercially reasonable," according to an FCC spokesman. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has also said he planned to review the practices adopted by Internet providers on a case-by-case basis.


23:01 Obama backs Japan in islands row with China» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
US president says islands at centre of Sino-Japanese dispute are Japanese and fall under terms of US-Japan defence pact.
23:00 The World's Longest Conveyor Belt is 61 Miles Long» Neatorama


(Photo: jbdodane)

Western Sahara, a territory currently ruled by Morocco, looks like a desolate place. There's little vegetation, but there are substantial phosphate resources. Bou Craa, a mining town in the interior, extracts phosphate ore and ships it to the coast.

Phosphate is one of Morocco's largest exports and Bou Craa is the crown jewel of that country's phosphate industry. Spanish colonial officials discovered it in the late 1940s and began exploiting what geologists estimate is 146 million tons of extractable ore.

Rather than trucking the ore to the coast, the mining company found an inventive way to convey the ore a great distance. It built a conveyor belt to do the job. It caries the ore 61-62 miles across the desert to the port of El-Aaiun. This conveyor belt is the longest in the world. The wind blows some of the phosphate off of it, creating a white streak across the desert that is easily visible from space.


(Photo: jbdodane)

-via Amusing Planet

22:52 VIDEO: Solving the world's toilet shortage» LiveScience.com
22:52 Made it: Mark Zuckerberg joins Madame Tussauds» Engadget RSS Feed
A net worth of $27 billion. Doesn't wear socks. [Image: Mashable/Kurt Wagner]...
22:30 UK asks Muslim women to help curb Syria trips» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Police reach out to wives, mothers and sisters in drive to stop young British men travelling to and fighting in Syria.
22:30 China frees Japanese cargo ship in $28m deal» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Seizure, relating to unpaid compensation for Chinese ships leased in 1936, sparked Japanese formal diplomatic complaint.
22:10 Overcoming the Water Wars (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Treating water like a "bankable" commodity may help nations manage scarce water resources around the globe.
22:09 "Going Up" At 45 Mph: Hitachi To Deliver World's Fastest Elevator» Slashdot
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Hitachi has announced that it's installing the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators in the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre skyscraper in Guangzhou, China. Making up two out of a total of 95 elevators in the building, Hitachi says the new lifts use a range of technologies to produce record-breaking speeds of 1,200 m/min while still meeting the necessary standards of safety and comfort."

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22:00 NZ Greens unveil Internet Rights and Freedoms bill» Boing Boing
Andrew writes, "The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has launched their Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. The Bill was launched on a crowdsourced platform where members of the public are given the opportunity to shape these emerging rights and freedoms.






22:00 Stinky Candles» Neatorama

Would you light a scented candle that boasts of car exhaust smell? How about gasoline, chlorine, body odor, or fish? There’s even one called “Rest Stop” that smells of urine! They’re all products of the Stinky Candle Company. They’ve got more conventional candle scents like leather, coconut, and bacon, as well as some that are hard to classify, like toothpaste and wet grass. Those may be pleasant to some, unpleasant to others. And then there’s a scent called Spawn of the Devil that we don’t even want to know what it smells like! See the selection at their website.

21:54 Why Adopting an Older Pet Makes Sense (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
If you are about to adopt a pet, it makes sense to first consider older, mellower candidates. Keywords: expert
21:29 FDA's new e-cigarette regulations target 'healthier than tobacco' claims» Engadget RSS Feed
Proposals to officially regulate electronic cigarettes will be announced later today by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the WSJ. The regulations would include a ban on sales to minors and a requirement for health warning labels on...
21:18 Zoos, Aquariums and Their Visitors Are Critical Advocates for Conservation (Op-Ed)» LiveScience.com
Zoos and aquariums are hubs for inspiring the public to support wildlife conservation.
21:09 Galileo Got Game: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Physics of Basketball» WIRED
In a way, a game like basketball is a physics geek’s delight. It’s a playground where you can apply physics principles to try and get some added insight to the game. You’ve got the interplay of projectile motion and collisions, energy and momentum, and so on. To get you started, here’s a list of five neat pieces […]






21:00 50 Years Ago Today: The Only Losing No-Hitter Game in Baseball History» Neatorama

(Photo: cocicoco)

The Major League Baseball team of Houston, Texas is the Astros. Before that team adopted its space-themed name, it was known as the Colt .45s. On April 23, 1964, pitcher Ken Johnson threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. That's a game in which the opposing team is unable to land a single hit from the pitcher.

It's quite an accomplishment for a pitcher. But Ken Johnson did not take pride in it because the Colt .45s lost anyway. In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Johnson explained how an error that he made secured a loss:

"It wasn't until a few years later that it set in that I had pitched a no-hitter. I was proud to have pitched it.

"For a pitcher, a no-hitter is the ultimate."

Johnson's frustration at the time is understandable. His ninth-inning error contributed to the loss.

With one out, Pete Rose bunted down the third-base line, and Johnson's throw to first was wide, enabling Rose to go to second. He went to third on a groundout and scored on an error by second baseman Nellie Fox.

"After the game, I saw Nellie sitting there with his head down and went over and told him, 'Hey, it was my fault. It was my error that cost us the game.'

"Runnels overheard me, and that's when he pointed out that at least they'd be talking about this for 20 or 30 years.

"It wasn't much consolation at the time."

-via The Houstorian

P.S. Be sure to read Eddie Deezen's article about the only double no-hitter in baseball history.

20:44 IBM's Watson supercomputer will soon be your personal shopper» Engadget RSS Feed
Watson had been a doctor, a geneticist, a game show contestant and even a chef in the past. But now IBM's supercomputer has a new career: personal shopping. IBM has partnered with digital commerce firm Fluid to develop a cloud-based app called Expert...
20:10 All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A magnifying glass is held in front of a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinBy Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the related energy sector by insurance brokers Willis this month found that the industry "may be sitting on an uninsured time bomb". Globally, it estimated that cyber attacks against oil and gas infrastructure will cost energy companies close to $1.9 billion by 2018.


20:06 Pregnancy Diet and Nutrition | What to Eat, What Not to Eat» LiveScience.com
There's a reason they say you're "eating for two" when you're pregnant. Find out what to eat when pregnant and what foods to avoid.
20:00 US and France press UN for S Sudan sanctions» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Diplomats urge United Nations to consider sanctions on South Sudan's warring parties as violence escalates.
20:00 #Mynypd hashtag attracts photos of police violence and abuse» Boing Boing
When the NYPD's Twitter account asked people to tweet photos of their interactions with NYPD and tag them Mynypd, the outcome was pretty predictable: people who feel that the NYPD stands for unchecked brutality, mass-scale stop-and-frisk racism, and the violent defense of the ultra-rich combined with official impunity flooded the tag with photos of NYPD violence.






20:00 New Art from Hanksy» Neatorama

The New York parody artist Hanksy has been busy, bringing us more great pun art in several locations. These works have shown up in New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles -and right here on the Neatorama Spotlight blog! We also have a video in which you can meet Hanksy -although you cannot see him.
19:58 Nashville: On the Record Recap: We'll Do It Live!» TVLine
Moments before Nashville‘s On the Record special really gets going, series creator Callie Khouri wishes her cast good luck in the sweetest, most loving of ways. “Don’t mess it up,” she drawls. PHOTOS | May Sweeps Scoopapalooza: 99+ Spoilers on Your Favorite […]
19:55 Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module» Slashdot
netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) 'Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking "man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!" We got you covered,' the band says on its Facebook page. 'Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.'"

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








19:51 Spider vision made clear» WIRED
A new video lets you see inside a spider's head.






19:41 ​Xiaomi plans to expand sales to 10 new markets, but the US isn't one of them» Engadget RSS Feed
Looking forward to the day you can buy a Xiaomi smartphone in the US? Keep waiting. The company's founder announced the first ten countries in Xiaomi's international expansion today, and the United States didn't make the cut. A shame, perhaps, for...
19:23 American Idol Top 6 Performance Recap: Wanna Ya-ah-ah-ah-ah… Yahoo It! [Updated]» TVLine
Jennifer Lopez making stank face and whipping her hair back and forth. A bored teenage girl with a “Sam Woolf” sign coming to life once a camera gets thrust in her face. Randy Jackson sitting on a couch, compiling his […]
19:20 4 Ways to Avoid Feeling 'Hangry' (and Save Your Marriage)» LiveScience.com
That "hangry" feeling you get, when you've waited too long between meals, can bring trouble in relationships, a new study suggests. Here's how to avoid the drops in blood sugar levels that can lead to feeling hangry.
19:00 Dog Gets Revenge on the Driver Who Ran Him Down» Neatorama


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Once again, we peer into the wonderful world of Russian dashboard camera video. Many Russian drivers keep them to protect themselves from insurance fraud, but we've also seen footage that shows the crazy antics that take place on Russian roads.

In this video, a driver runs into a dog crossing a road. She gets out to check on him. She thinks that the dog is dead.

She's wrong.

-via Jalopnik

18:54 WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users» Slashdot
redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








18:45 CBS' Thursday Night Football Dates Set: When This Fall Might Big Bang Reclaim Its Time Slot?» TVLine
CBS has announced its Thursday Night Football schedule for the 2014 season, and all told the network will air NFL games on seven Thursdays, starting in mid-September and largely ending in late October. (An additional game in the package will air on Saturday, […]
18:36 Arrow Recap: A Mother Of a Twist (Times Three)» TVLine
The following recap, by the very definition of the word “recap,” contains spoilers from this week’s Arrow. The CW’s Arrow this Wednesday uncorked one mother of a twist after another — one that made you go, “Huh,” one where you […]
18:26 Facebook's mobile focus is paying off» Engadget RSS Feed
It's clear that when Facebook said it was going to be a mobile-first company back in 2013, it meant it. It's now surpassed 1 billion active mobile users a month, which is about a 34 percent increase compared to a year ago. Sure, a lot has happened in...
18:00 3D printed tumors improve surgical outcomes» Boing Boing
A team at Kobe university is improving tumor removal by 3D printing cancerous organs with their tumors, modelled on CT scans.






18:00 Empathy» Neatorama

Children aren’t born knowing empathy. Even if they were, it wouldn’t extend to putting someone else’s needs before theirs. That takes years of living -sometimes decades. And some people never get that far! Parents just have to deal with it. This undoubtedly true-life vignette is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

17:50 NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "A NYPD community outreach campaign designed to show images of citizens with cops turned ugly quickly when a deluge of images depicting police brutality came in. From the article: 'The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption "changing hearts and minds one baton at a time." Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.' Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says, 'I kind of welcome the attention,' of the #myNYPD project."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








17:30 Sirens Sneak Peek: Will Johnny and Hank Allow Brian Into 'The Neutral Zone'?» TVLine
And you thought Sheldon Cooper was particular about seating arrangements! This week on USA Network’s Sirens (Thursday, 10/9c), Brian (played by Kevin Bigley) — through no fault of his own — looks to kick back with colleagues Johnny and Hank. […]
17:21 Daily Roundup: Samsung's love of plastic, Siri for Apple TV and more!» Engadget RSS Feed
You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all...
17:00 Nikon Small World in Motion 2013 Winners» Neatorama

If you love the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competitions (featured many times previously on Neatorama), where scientists around the world submit their best and most intriguing micrographs, then you'll love this!

The Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography 2014 is open for submission, and while we wait for this year's batch of super awesome entries, let's feast our eyes on the winners of the 2013 competition, which have just been announced:

First Place

Subject matter: Quail embroy at 10 day incubation (3D reconstruction) 1x
Technique: Optical tomography, illuminated with a blue LED light (green fluorescence)

Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbelkian de Ciencia, this video shows a sequence of "virtual" slices through a quail embryo at 10 day incubation:

This 3D reconstruction of a quail embryo – comprised of more than 1,000 separate images – shows in startling clarity and detail the anatomy of the specimen. The winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo with 10 days of (in egg) gestation. With this technique, studying the whole anatomy of large specimens like this embryo (23mm long) is possible.

Second Place

16:53 Doctors want to fix you with 3D-printed tissues made from water droplets» Engadget RSS Feed
Doctors dream of using 3D-printed tissues to patch up injuries, but current techniques tend to kill a lot of the cells used in the process. Thankfully, researchers at Oxford University spin-off OxSyBio have found a gentler way to build these...
16:40 Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's» Slashdot
the_newsbeagle writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."

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16:40 F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane» Slashdot
Dega704 (1454673) writes in with news of the latest FCC plan which seems to put another dagger in the heart of net neutrality. "The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals. The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








16:34 Brazil passes an internet bill of rights enshrining net neutrality and privacy» Engadget RSS Feed
While the world has been deciding who governs the internet, Brazil has been busy establishing internet rules of its own -- and they may just set an example for everyone else. The country has passed a bill of rights that goes some length towards...
16:31 FCC planning new Internet rules that will gut Net Neutrality. Get ready to pay more for the stuff you love online.» Boing Boing
The Wall Street Journal was first to report that The Federal Communications Commission will propose new open Internet rules this Thursday that will allow content companies to pay Internet service providers "for special access to consumers." Under the new rules, service providers may not block or discriminate against specific websites, but they can charge certain sites or services for preferential traffic treatment if the ISPs' discrimination is "commercially reasonable." Bye-bye, Net Neutrality, and the internet as we know it.






16:27 The Truth About Marijuana: Health Risks Trivialized (Op-Ed) » LiveScience.com
Marijuana may not be the "safe" drug many think it is.
16:17 Not So Harmless? Pot Linked to Heart Problems» LiveScience.com
Pot may not have a chill, calming effect on everyone – evidence is emerging that for some people, smoking marijuana could increase the risk of heart problems, doctors say.
16:17 Electric car maker Tesla said to be planning new factory in California» Boing Boing
Tesla Motors reps won't tell the Los Angeles Times, but city officials in the small California town of Lathrop told a reporter that "work is underway converting a 431,000-square-foot facility that once housed a Chrysler-Daimler distribution center into a Tesla factory." More: Is Tesla planning another electric car factory in California?






16:00 Lampposts Behaving Badly» Neatorama

The story begins, “Three anthropomorphic lampposts got drunk, and one fell down.” That’s what it looks like, at least. These lampposts are an art installation called The Way Things Are in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The lampposts are a collaboration between Waterfront Development Corporation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  Together they have brought the work of duo Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg to the Halifax waterfront. Hanson and Sonnenberg are graduates of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design so there is a local connection.

On weekends, the lampposts are joined by other inebriated beings on the waterfront. There are plenty more pictures of these posts at Kuriositas. -via the Presurfer

(Image credit: Flickr user Glenn Euloth)

16:00 One of Activision's top moneymakers gets a new entry in Skylanders: Trap Team» Engadget RSS Feed
Like taxes, iPhones and, well, Madden, you can count on a new Skylanders game every year. If you're unfamiliar with the franchise, that may just be a symptom of not being around kids -- the toy / video game series is a dominant force in the kids...
15:57 Interview with James Mitchell, psychologist credited with designing CIA torture program» Boing Boing
Journalist Jason Leopold tells us,
Recently, I conducted a wide-ranging, two hour interview with retired Air Force psychologist James Mitchell, who is credited with being the architect of the CIA's torture program.







15:43 Apple Sales Numbers Show iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling» WIRED
For the first time, analysts, investors, and the public widely expected Apple to post a drop in iPad sales numbers during its second quarter earnings today. And the numbers didn't lie: The public is not gobbling up iPads like they used to.






15:40 OpenSSL: the New Face of Technology Monoculture» Slashdot
chicksdaddy writes: "In a now-famous 2003 essay, 'Cyberinsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly,' Dr. Dan Geer argued, persuasively, that Microsoft's operating system monopoly constituted a grave risk to the security of the United States and international security, as well. It was in the interest of the U.S. government and others to break Redmond's monopoly, or at least to lessen Microsoft's ability to 'lock in' customers and limit choice. The essay cost Geer his job at the security consulting firm AtStake, which then counted Microsoft as a major customer. These days Geer is the Chief Security Officer at In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm. But he's no less vigilant of the dangers of software monocultures. In a post at the Lawfare blog, Geer is again warning about the dangers that come from an over-reliance on common platforms and code. His concern this time isn't proprietary software managed by Redmond, however, it's common, oft-reused hardware and software packages like the OpenSSL software at the heart (pun intended) of Heartbleed. 'The critical infrastructure's monoculture question was once centered on Microsoft Windows,' he writes. 'No more. The critical infrastructure's monoculture problem, and hence its exposure to common mode risk, is now small devices and the chips which run them.'"

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15:40 Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing» Slashdot
sciencehabit writes "Many people with profound hearing loss have been helped by devices called cochlear implants, but their hearing is still far from perfect. They often have trouble distinguishing different musical pitches, for example, or hearing a conversation in a noisy room. Now, researchers have found a clever way of using cochlear implants to deliver new genes into the ear — a therapy that, in guinea pigs, dramatically improves hearing (abstract)."

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15:38 Tiny Insect Parts Revealed in New 3D, True-Color Images» LiveScience.com
A new scanning system, which uses basic equipment, can capture 3D models of insects in color.
15:31 Amazon's Prime Pantry service lets you ship 45 pounds of groceries for a $6 fee» Engadget RSS Feed
Amazon's dead-set on killing off the grocery store, with a same-day delivery service and even a Dash gadget for restocking items around the house. Now the retailer's going one step further, taking on Costco and Walmart with a new program called Prime...
15:25 Exclusive Simpsons Promo: Homer Falls to Pieces in Special LEGO Episode» TVLine
Homer Simpson has always been a blockhead, but that’ll take on a whole new meaning in The Simpsons‘ “LEGO Spectacular,” airing May 4 at 8/7c on Fox — and TVLine has an exclusive first look at the special event, which also happens to […]
15:12 3-D Insect Models by New Scanning System Reveal True Color | Video» LiveScience.com
Specimens from the Australian National Insect Collection were imaged using a new photography technique. The compiled data results in a display of highly detailed digitized bugs.
15:11 Pulp Hero Flash Gordon May Be Headed Back to the Big Screen» WIRED
Fox has reportedly snagged the rights to pulp hero Flash Gordon. Adapting the character has been popular for decades, with varying results. Here's what it needs to succeed.






15:09 Massive iceberg six times the size of Manhattan drifts away from Antarctic glacier» Boing Boing
One of the largest icebergs on the planet, about six times the size of Manhattan, has separated from an Antarctic glacier and is floating out towards open ocean.






15:07 What's Next For MTV's Faking It? The Stars Talk Secrets, Sacrifices and a 'Lesbian Sherpa'» TVLine
Last night’s series premiere of Faking It ended with Hestor High’s new “it” couple solidifying their fake relationship with a public make-out session. But how long will Amy and Karma really be able to keep up this charade? RELATED | May Sweeps Scoopapalooza: 99+ Spoilers on Your Favorite […]
15:00 Having leisure time is now a marker for poverty, not riches» Boing Boing
In Post-Industrious Society: Why Work Time will not Disappear for our Grandchildren, researchers from Oxford's Centre for Time Use Research argue that there has been a radical shift in the relationship between leisure, work and income.






15:00 Defendant Thinks Murder Tattoo Might Hurt His Case» Neatorama

Jeffrey Chapman’s trial on murder charges begins Monday in Benton County, Kansas. The crime occurred in 2011, and at this late date, Chapman is concerned that the jury may be prejudiced by the large tattoo of the word “murder” on his neck.

According to the motion filed by defense attorney Kurt Kerns, Wichita, Chapman has asked the jail to allow a professional tattoo artist to remove and/or cover up the tattoo across his neck that is a mirror image of the word “murder” in capital letters. The motion notes it is a large tattoo that cannot be easily hidden with clothing.

“Mr. Chapman has secured a licensed tattoo artist from Hays who is willing to go to the jail,” the motion states. “Mr. Chapman’s tattoos are not relevant to any material facts and Mr. Chapman asks for the court to exclude any mention of his tattoos at trial and further to be allowed to cover them up in an appropriate manner. The fact that he has ‘Murder’ tattooed across his neck is irrelevant to the State’s case and extremely prejudicial to Mr. Chapman if introduced at trial or observed by the jury.”

Sheriff Brian Bellendir points out that it is against Kansas law for a tattoo artist to work anywhere outside of a licensed tattoo parlor, and the state is not willing to transport Chapman out of the jail. It is not clear whether the tattoo was done before or after the crime for which Chapman is being tried. -via Uproxx

14:58 Bing's kid-friendly search is now available to every grade school in the US» Engadget RSS Feed
Your kid's in-school web searches may soon be much safer and smarter: Microsoft has just expanded availability of its Bing school program (now Bing in the Classroom) to all K-12 institutions in the US. The move lets any school fill out a form to...
14:56 Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant» WIRED
American law enforcement has long advocated for universal "kill switches" in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations--one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant.






14:40 The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "This article goes into the making of upcoming fantasy title The Witcher 3. The studio, CD Projekt Red, reveals that, unusually, it'll be releasing the game as a DRM-free download. 'We believe that DRM does more harm to legit gamers than good for the gaming industry, that's why the game will also be completely DRM-free,' says the game's level designer, Miles Tost. The game will build on the strengths of The Witcher 2 while attempting to broaden its scope. 'We want to combine the strong pull of closed-world RPGs story-wise, with a world where you can go anywhere and do anything you want.'"

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14:40 The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos» Slashdot
An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise. Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY engineering of the team at LOIRP, it's being seen at a higher resolution than was ever previously possible. ... The photos were stored with remarkably high fidelity on the tapes, but at the time had to be copied from projection screens onto paper, sometimes at sizes so large that warehouses and even old churches were rented out to hang them up. The results were pretty grainy, but clear enough to identify landing sites and potential hazards. After the low-fi printing, the tapes were shoved into boxes and forgotten. ... The drives had to be rebuilt and in some cases completely re-engineered using instruction manuals or the advice of people who used to service them. The data they recovered then had to be demodulated and digitized, which added more layers of technical difficulties."

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14:40 Michigan FIRST Robot Championship Bout for 2014 (Video)» Slashdot
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, AKA FIRST, holds annual robot challenges, in which student teams build robots, then operate them to the cheers of an adoring crowd. Slashdot watched the Dexter Dreadbots build their 2014 contender. (The Dreadbots are Slashdot's home team.) And we've watched other FIRST competitions before, but this is the 2014 Michigan state championships. The next step after the state finals is an appearance at the National Championship Competition, which starts today, April 23, in St. Louis, although the first day is speeches and such, not actual competition. Keep an eye on usfirst.org to see who wins. And before that, you can watch the matches themselves, streamed live courtesy of NASA. (Alternate video link.)

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14:36 Etsy acquires indie-gadget marketplace Grand St.» Engadget RSS Feed
Gadgets are probably the last thing you'd look for on Etsy's DIY-heavy marketplace, but that could soon change. Today the NY-based company announced that it's acquiring Grand St., an online retailer focused on electronics with a creative, maker bent...
14:18 Pilot News: Meg Ryan to Narrate HIMYM Spin-Off How I Met Your Dad» TVLine
Rom-com darling Meg Ryan and CBS’ How I Met Your Dad are officially MFEO*. Ryan has signed on to provide the disembodied voice of Future Sally in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off’s pilot, EW.com reports. PHOTOS | May Sweeps Spoilerpalooza: 99+ Spoilers on […]
14:08 Misleading Gun-Death Chart Draws Fire» LiveScience.com
Recent news reports about how Florida's "stand your ground" law affected the number of deaths in the state have raised a few eyebrows, thanks to a strange statistical chart.
14:06 Apple's iPhone sales soar while the iPad slumps slightly» Engadget RSS Feed
It's that time again: Apple has just posted its Q2 2014 financials, and there are some interesting device sales numbers to peep at. Apple saw a big year-over-year jump in the number of iPhones sold (43.7 million this time vs. 37.4 million in the same...
14:00 Exclusive Vikings Sneak Peek: Will King Horik Turn Floki Against Ragnar?» TVLine
“The Choice” – as this Thursday’s episode of Vikings (History, 10/9c) is titled — appears to be Floki’s. RELATED | May Sweeps Scoopapalooza: 99+ Spoilers on Your Favorite Broadcast Series’ Season-Ending Episodes In the penultimate episode of Season 2, Ragnar’s […]
14:00 My Neighbor The Moon» Neatorama


Neighbor's Moon by swissette

By the light of that mystical moon your neighbor has come to pay you a visit, will you get on that odd cat shaped bus and join him for a grand adventure into imagination?

Critters of all shapes and sizes will love this Neighbor's Moon t-shirt by swissette, and your friends will applaud your sense of adventure...and your taste in anime movies!

Visit swissette's official website and Facebook, then click on over to her NeatoShop for more dreamy designs:

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14:00 A Beautifully Weird Piano» Neatorama

(Photo: 1stdibs)

This wonder is the PH Grand Piano, a wood and chromed steel instrument edged in brown leather. Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), a Danish furniture designer, developed it in 1931. Andreas Christensen, a piano manufacturer, built this one in the 1950s. It's currently up for sale in Denmark with a price tag of $140,000.

You can see photos of other PH Pianos here. They're amazing.

-via Geek Art Gallery

13:54 Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams» WIRED
Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called “smart cities,” powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by focusing on the cutting-edge technologies themselves and relying on private companies to move forward, we […]






13:54 Award-Winning Microscope Images Come to Life in Extraordinary Videos» WIRED
The Nikon Small World photomicrography competition was expanded to include video three years ago, and the result has been an incredible look into living things on the microscopic scale. This year's winning video is a three-dimensional look through a 10-day-old quail embryo growing inside its egg.






13:41 Engadget HD Podcast 395 - 4.23.14» Engadget RSS Feed
Let's just cut to the chase: Aereo's battle with broadcast TV hit the Supreme Court this week and it's one of the biggest entertainment-related court confrontations since the Betamax case in 1984. Confusion levels have been high, but Ben and Richard...
13:36 Deep-Sea Robot Explores Shipwrecks Thursday: Watch Live Online» LiveScience.com
Watch live as a remotely operated vehicle explores debris and artifacts from one of the three mysterious shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
13:29 Google Street View now lets you 'go back in time' to view previous captures of a place» Boing Boing
This is kind of neat. From the Official Google Blog: "Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop.






13:29 Photos: Shipwrecks of the Deep Sea» LiveScience.com
Photos of mysterious 19th century shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
13:25 Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance» Slashdot
Doofus writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching headline: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class. Quoting: 'According to the 2011 Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, about 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally because employers can't find qualified workers. To help produce a new generation of welders, pipe-fitters, electricians, carpenters, machinists and other skilled tradesmen, high schools should introduce students to the pleasure and pride they can take in making and building things in shop class. American employers are so yearning to motivate young people to work in manufacturing and the skilled trades that many are willing to pay to train and recruit future laborers. CEO Karen Wright of Ariel Corp. in Mount Vernon, Ohio, recently announced that the manufacturer of gas compressors is donating $1 million to the Knox County Career Center to update the center's computer-integrated manufacturing equipment, so students can train on the same machines used in Ariel's operations.' How many of us liked shop? How many young people should be training for skilled manufacturing and service jobs rather than getting history or political science degrees?"

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13:25 Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Brazil's President Rousseff attends the opening ceremony for the NETmundial: Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance conference in Sao PauloBy Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal. Rousseff spoke at a global conference that she convened on how to govern a safer, less U.S.-centered Internet after revelations that she and other world leaders had been spied upon by the NSA. Rousseff hailed President Barack Obama's decision to hand off control of ICANN, a California-based non-profit in charge of assigning Internet domains or addresses, to an international oversight body that has yet to be decided on. Revelations last year by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden that the United States spied on Internet users with secret programs prompted worldwide calls for reducing U.S. control of the network now connecting one-third of the world's population.


13:13 WSJ: FCC's new net neutrality rules mean ISPs don't have to be neutral (update: FCC responds)» Engadget RSS Feed
After existing Open Internet, or net neutrality, regulations were struck down in court earlier this year, it appears the FCC is ready to come back with new ones. Re/code reports Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed they will be on the table at an agency...
13:12 HBO reruns to be offered through Amazon Prime Instant Video» Boing Boing
HBO and Amazon have announced a deal through which the cable TV network will offer reruns of many hit shows on Amazon's Prime Instant Video platform.






13:08 Palestinian factions to form unity government» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Palestinian leaders in Gaza reach agreement to form a national unity government ending seven-year rift.
13:07 TVLine Items: VH1 Cancels Best Week Ever, NBC Plans Coldplay Concert Special and More» TVLine
Best Week Ever is not having the best week ever. VH1 has canceled the weekly pop-culture commentary show, which returned in January 2013 with a new look after a three-year hiatus. RELATED | May Sweeps Scoopapalooza: 99+ Spoilers on Your Favorite […]
13:00 23 Things You Didn’t Know About William Shakespeare on his 450th Birthday» Neatorama

Today is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. Or at least as close as we'll ever know -his date of birth was not recorded, but his baptism three days later was. The playwright who contributed to much to the world of language, storytelling, and drama is a virtual mine of trivia, so you may as well learn some of it in honor of the occasion.

2. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language.

Estimations of his vocabulary range from 17,000 to a dizzying 29,000 words – at least double the number of words used by the average conversationalist.

5. Shakespeare never published his plays.

They are known today only because two of his fellow actors – John Hemminges and Henry Condell – recorded and published 36 of them posthumously under the name The First Folio, which is the source of all Shakespeare books published.

Read the rest in a list at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Mean Girls of Shakespeare)

12:57 Sugar Wars - Food Industry Held Accountable | FED Up Trailer» LiveScience.com
From Katie Couric and Laurie David (producer of An Inconvenient Truth) comes a revealing look at the food industry's stance on weight loss. Premieres in theaters on May 9th, 2014.
12:41 A Siri-controlled Apple TV may be on the way» Engadget RSS Feed
Soon you might be able to simply ask your Apple TV to start playing 'House of Cards' rather than fumbling through a series menus. Code found in iOS 7.1's software development kit indicates that Siri is one its way to a new device, likely Apple's...
12:25 OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "Spec-wise, OnePlus One will go toe-to-toe with the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2. In some areas, it even surpasses them, and at a price point of $300. The One has the same 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC SoC as the Samsung Galaxy S5, build quality similar to the HTC One (M8), and the large 3000+ mAh battery and Sony camera of the Xperia Z2. It also runs CyanogenMod 11S, which is based on Android 4.4."

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12:25 How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?» Slashdot
Bennett Haselton writes: "If you watch a movie or TV show (legally) on your mobile device while away from your home network, it's usually by streaming it on a data plan. This consumes an enormous amount of a scarce resource (data bundled with your cell phone provider's data plan), most of it unnecessarily, since many of those users could have downloaded the movie in advance on their home broadband connection — if it weren't for pointless DRM restrictions." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

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12:23 Netflix to debut an original Spanish-language series in 2015» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

The Netflix logo is is shown on an ipad in Encinitas, CaliforniaNetflix Inc on Wednesday announced its first original Spanish-language television series, a bid by the video-streaming company to attract subscribers in Latin America and Spanish speakers in the United States Netflix said the series, a 13-episode comedy about a family feud among the heirs to a soccer club, is slated to premiere in 2015 and will be shot in Mexico. The series, which is so far untitled, will be produced by Gaz Alazraki, the director of the popular 2013 Mexican comedy film "Nosotros los Nobles" ("We Are the Nobles"), and star Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Mendez. Netflix's venture into original programming, which includes political thriller "House of Cards" and comedy-drama "Orange Is the New Black," has earned the first Emmy Awards for an online-only company. Netflix is available in much of Latin America.


12:18 Not Just for Sex: Why the Y Chromosome Hasn't Vanished» LiveScience.com
Men have lost most of the genes originally included on the Y chromosome during evolution, but those genes essential for survival have persevered. These genes may contribute to differences between men and women with certain diseases, researchers said.
12:18 Amazon grabs rights to stream older HBO shows» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

The logo for HBO is pictured at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly HillsAmazon.com's streaming video service will offer some older shows from premium-cable channel HBO starting next month, a deal that intensifies both companies' competition with subscription-video service Netflix. This is the first time HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, has licensed its award-winning programming to an online subscription streaming service, the companies said in a statement on Wednesday. HBO shows are not available through Netflix. Netflix shares fell 4.7 percent to $355.31 on Nasdaq.


12:18 NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

NYPD graduate Lormel polishes her badge backstage before her induction ceremony in New YorkBy Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Wednesday he would continue and expand the NYPD Twitter campaign a day after it backfired, triggering an outpouring of negative images including police violence at New York's Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, an NYPD officer pointing a gun at a dog, and an officer asleep in a subway car. "Most of those photos that I looked at are old news," said Bratton, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to take over from Ray Kelly, who served for 12 years under de Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.


12:15 Exclusive: FBI warns healthcare sector vulnerable to cyber attacks» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in ParisBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The FBI has warned healthcare providers their cybersecurity systems are lax compared to other sectors, making them vulnerable to attacks by hackers searching for Americans' personal medical records and health insurance data. Health data is far more valuable to hackers on the black market than credit card numbers because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. "The healthcare industry is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors, therefore the possibility of increased cyber intrusions is likely," the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a private notice it has been distributing to healthcare providers, obtained by Reuters.


12:12 ​Twitch streams more live video than the WWE, MLB and ESPN combined» Engadget RSS Feed
Video games now have more online spectators than traditional sports. Crazy, right? It's crazy. According to Qwilt, a company that provides video caching services to content creators, Twitch is now the most popular live streaming site in the US. The...
12:07 TOM THE DANCING BUG: Lucky Ducky, in "State of Denial"» Boing Boing
Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Lucky Ducky's entire state is saved from the ignominy of federally funded healthcare.






12:00 BCnF: build, certify and fly your own homemade airplane» Boing Boing
BCnF (build, certify and fly) hobbyists make their own airplanes from scratch or out of kits, extensively customizing them, and then get them certified by the FAA and take them into the air.






12:00 Harry Potter Reimagined As A 1980s Cyberpunk Anime» Neatorama

(Video Link)

Kids who grew up in the 80s didn’t have Harry Potter in their lives, but frankly they didn’t need the shrimpy spell flinger hanging around when they had Transformers, Dungeons & Dragons and He-Man to keep their imaginations occupied.

However, now that the lil scarhead has made such a big splash in the world of geekdom he’s being integrated into all kinds of silly projects, like this animated short which reimagines Harry Potter as a 1980s Anime series.

Created by Nacho Punch, Harry Potter Cyber Punk Adventure: The 1980's Anime is heavy on the Akira influence and light on the teen angst, and would have looked right at home with the Saturday Morning cartoons lineup.

-Via Laughing Squid

11:52 Quail Assembling - Nikon Small World photomicrography competition» LiveScience.com
Captured by Dr. Gabriel G. Martins of The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, this winning video shows a sequence of “virtual” slices through the whole embryo, revealing startling clarity and detail of such a large specimen.
11:41 'Cosmos' brings Neil deGrasse Tyson's moustache to Blu-ray and DVD in June» Engadget RSS Feed
If you've missed a few episodes of the Cosmos revival or maybe just want to fill the universe-sized hole in your media rack, the series hits Blu-ray and DVD this summer. Come June 10th (two days after the final episode airs), you'll be able to watch...
11:29 1800's Shipwreck Rediscovered Near Golden Gate Bridge» LiveScience.com
A ship that sunk near San Francisco's Golden Gate in 1888 has been rediscovered by NOAA. The City of Chester sits upright in more than 200 feet of water.
11:24 Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage» Slashdot
jfruh (300774) writes "Aereo is currently fighting for its life before the Supreme Court, and has issued a warning: if you take us down, you could take the entire cloud storage industry down with us. The company argues that they only provide customers with access to shows picked up by an individual antenna that they've rented. If the constitutes a 'public performance,' then so does the act of downloading a copyrighted document stored in a cloud storage service — even if the customer has purchased the right to use that document." v3rgEz sent in a link to the transcript of the first day of arguments.

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11:18 Genetic Tricks Could Make Bionic Ears Hear Better» WIRED
Scientists have devised a strategy they hope will one day make bionic ears even sharper. The idea is to make neurons inside the cochlea sprout new branches and become more sensitive to signals from a cochlear implant.






11:18 This ’80s Anime Version of Harry Potter Is Everything» WIRED
OK, so this isn't the entire Harry Potter series reimagined as anime—which would've been amazing—but just seeing this quick bit of Akira-at-Hogwarts is still fairly epic.






11:17 Food vs. Sex: Why Some Female Spiders Eat Males Before Mating» LiveScience.com
Certain female spiders are infamous for eating their partners after sex, but some actually pounce on suitors, fangs first, before mating ever occurs.
11:17 Experimental Cochlear Implant Treatment Could Improve Hearing» LiveScience.com
Improved cochlear implants that deliver genetic instructions to stimulate regrowth of auditory nerves could give people who are deaf the ability to enjoy music again, new research suggests.
11:00 Syria's lethal Facebook checkpoints» Boing Boing
An anonymous tip from a highly reliable source: "There are checkpoints in Syria where your Facebook is checked for affiliation with the rebellious groups or individuals aligned with the rebellion.






11:00 Hornet’s Nest» Neatorama

Don’t freak out just yet. Redditor CountBubs’s dad hadn’t been in his shed for a couple of years. When he finally opened the door, he saw this hornet’s nest. Luckily, the hornets had already abandoned it. The head is part of a wooden statue that was stored in the shed -the hornets did not make it. They just built upon it. It must have been a Creative Commons sculpture.

11:00 Your connected home could one day save your life» Engadget RSS Feed
Consider this scenario: Randall is an elderly man living alone. He's doing pretty well -- until one day he has a mild stroke. In the weeks that follow, he's not as active as usual, getting up later and not leaving the house. Motion detectors, a...
10:54 How Cold Was Winter? Starving Rats Ate Trees » LiveScience.com
Some effects of the long-lasting, sub-freezing temperatures are only now becoming apparent. One surprise was the discovery that starving rats in New York City had attacked the trees in urban parks for sustenance.
10:42 Microsoft offers a peek at Remote Desktop to Windows Phone 8.1 users» Engadget RSS Feed
Microsoft promised that it would put out a Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone, and it's making good on its word -- provided you're an early adopter, anyway. The company has released a Remote Desktop Preview that requires Windows Phone 8.1 (which...
10:32 Twitter’s Redesign Is Live. Here’s How to Make the Most of It» WIRED
Twitter just rolled out its latest profile redesign to the masses. It's pretty simple to update. But just in case you need a little help, here's how switch over to the new photo-centric look.






10:24 Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today» Slashdot
mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is publishing all Street View imagery back to 2007. Quoting Ars: "The feature hasn't rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the Street View interface. Just move the time slider around and you'll be able to jump through past images. Granted, Street View has only been around for a few years, so the archives only go back to 2007. A few of the events Google suggests browsing through are the building of One World Trade Center and the destruction and rebuilding of Onagawa, Japan after the 2011 earthquake. Besides being really cool, the move will save Google from having to choose a canonical Street View image for every location. If the current image is blacked-out or wrong in some way, you can just click back to the previous one."

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10:24 CATable desk designed for humans and cats» Boing Boing
The CATable integrates crawl spaces to keep your kitty happy. (Laughing Squid)






10:14 Mantis Shrimp's Attack Claw Inspires Tough New Material Design» LiveScience.com
Mantis shrimp attack their prey using a clublike claw that accelerates faster than a .22-caliber bullet. Researchers think studying the structure of this club could inspire stronger, more impact-resistant materials.
10:09 Accused murderer wants "murder" tattoo hidden pre-trial» Boing Boing
This gentleman is Jeffrey Wade Chapman who will soon go to trial in Barton County, Kansas for first degree murder. Chapman's attorney has filed a motion requesting that before the trial Chapman be permitted to have a tattoo artist cover up his client's tattoo -- the word "MURDER" in mirror image -- because it "is irrelevant to the State’s case and would be extremely prejudicial to Mr.






10:00 How science fiction influences thinking about the future» Boing Boing
Eileen Gunn writes, "What's science fiction good for? The May issue of Smithsonian magazine has an essay on the relationship between science, science fiction, and the future by Boing Boing buddy Eileen Gunn.






10:00 Comedians Gather For A Space Jam Table Read» Neatorama

The Live Read of Space Jam with Blake Griffin from Seth Green 

(Video Link)

Unless you're a diehard fan of both basketball and Bugs Bunny chances are Space Jam didn’t make its way onto your top ten movie list.

However, those who grew up in the 90s consider this composited animated feature to be a fun bit of nostalgia from their childhood, and the rest of us are left wondering why the heck they made such a ridiculous movie.

It turns out the reason they made Space Jam is so a bunch of hilarious comedians like Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, and Seth Green could resurrect the film’s script nearly twenty years later for a hilarious table read! Now that’s a Space Jam I can get behind!

-Via Geekosystem

09:51 Marvelous 18th century secretary cabinet» Boing Boing
Please enjoy this video of my new writing desk with its hidden compartments, clockwork mechanisms, chimes, inkwell, and sand sifter. It was built in the workshop of Abraham and David Roentgen during the 18th century and previously owned by King Frederick William II.






09:41 Video: Bringing back extinct species» Boing Boing
In recent years, the possibility of reviving extinct species by recreating their genomes has become a reality. First on deck for "de-extinction" are the wolly mammoth and passenger pigeon.






09:30 12 Things You Might Not Know About The Goonies» Neatorama

Amid rumors of a sequel to the 1985 film The Goonies, let’s take a look back at the kids adventure based on a story by Steven Spielberg. It’s been 29 years, and both the cast and the audience have aged, but many fans still show the movie to their children -or use their children as an excuse to watch it again themselves. Here’s some behind-the-scenes trivia from The Goonies.

1. The pirate ship was a pretty big deal. An actual pirate ship was built for the movie and none of the cast was permitted to see it before filming to maintain its allure. When the kids finally did see it for the first time several of them blurted out curse words in awe and the scene had to be re-filmed without the cursing. After filming wrapped, the ship was put on the market, but apparently nobody had a use for a pirate ship and it was scrapped.

5. The lost octopus. During the pirate ship scenes a separate scene was filmed with an octopus trapping some of the Goonies underwater. For whatever reason, it never made it in the movie even though the soundtrack included a song specially written for the scene entitled “8 Arms To Hold You” by The Goon Squad.

Wanna see that deleted scene? It’s in the post Hey, You Guys! Here Are 12 Things You Might Not Know About The Goonies at FilmDrunk.

09:24 Loch Ness Monster photo on Apple Maps?» Boing Boing
Does this image of Loch Ness from Apple's Maps app depicts Nessie or the wake of a small boat? Unfortunately, I think it's the latter as we all know the Loch Ness Monster more closely resembles a pleiosaur than a giant catfish.






09:13 What Are the Types of Meditation?» LiveScience.com
There are many types of meditation, including Zen Buddhist meditation, transcendental meditation, Tai chi and yoga.
09:10 Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought» Slashdot
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The B612 Foundation, a U.S.-based nuclear test monitoring group, has disclosed that their acoustic sensors show asteroid impacts to be much more common than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013 their infrasound system detected 26 major explosions due to asteroid strikes. The impacts were gauged at energies of 1 to 600 kilotons, compared to 45 kilotons for 1945 Hiroshima bomb."

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09:10 AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T officially announced on Tuesday their intention to launch a Netflix-like service in collaboration with an investment group run by a former Fox president. AT&T is following in the footsteps of Verizon, which partnered with Redbox in 2012 to offer the same type of service, and like Verizon, is also still negotiating with Netflix on payments to not throttle Netflix traffic."

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09:00 Phone phreakers' anthem» Boing Boing
Brad sez, "A few decades ago, phone phreaks spent all of their free time learning about the Bell telephone system and making free phone calls to each other.






09:00 Amazing Treasure Planet Cosplay Of Captain Amelia» Neatorama

We have shared many fine examples of cartoon character cosplay over the years, but Ryoko Demon’s portrayal of Captain Amelia from the Disney animated feature Treasure Planet really takes the cake!

Ryoko Demon brings the fearless character to life like never before, with seamless makeup that makes her look like a real purrty alien cat lady and an equally high quality wardrobe just like what the character wore in the animated feature, complete with far out laser rifle.

Treasure Planet didn’t receive the attention or critical acclaim normally associated with Disney movies, but cosplayers like Ryoko Demon may inspire people to look into this underrated Disney flick.

-Via GeekTyrant

08:38 Female Seed Beetles Fight Unequal Battle During Sex» LiveScience.com
When seed beetles copulate, females suddenly start kicking males because males hurt them with their spiky penises. And although researchers used to think this kicking was in the interests of the females, a new study shows this may not be the case.
08:30 18 Famous People Who Are Missing Body Parts» Neatorama

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April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. Josh Sundquist tells us about famous people who are missing a body part or two that you may not be aware of in this week’s mental_floss video. Well, a few of these you are well aware of, but others may be news to you. Who knew about Ella Fitzgerald? And one actually was dead before amputation, but the story is strange enough to be included here.

08:17 7 Ways Depression Differs in Men and Women» LiveScience.com
08:09 You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free» Slashdot
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X software—doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."

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08:09 ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation (104.64.0.0/10) to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion."

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08:03 Stephen Colbert on David Letterman» Boing Boing
Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with David Letterman. The conversation is fantastic. I will dearly miss Letterman, however I haven't been regularly watching the show in years.






08:03 Creationist Debate Stalls South Carolina State Fossil Bill» LiveScience.com
When 8-year-old Olivia McConnell proposed a state fossil for South Carolina, she probably didn't expect her request to prompt a drawn-out fight with creationists in her state legislature.
08:00 A Mercedes El Camino» Neatorama

Ah, the 70s! It was a weird time to be alive. It was a decade in which you could wander through American society and constantly ask yourself, "What the heck is going on here?"

The Chevrolet El Camino is an icon of that era. You don't often see them on the road anymore. But back in the day, riding in one of these half coupe/half truck oddities was the way to express that you understood fashion.

That's probably the motivation behind this custom car which consists of a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 series sedan which was converted into a El Camino-style truck. It's currently on sale on eBay.

-via Jalopnik

07:56 With Amazon Deal, HBO Finally Lets Shows Loose on the Net» WIRED
It's been a long time coming, but HBO has finally inked a deal to let people to watch shows like The Sopranos online without an HBO subscription. Here's why:






07:47 Petition against UK sell-off of private tax data» Boing Boing
Pam writes, "The Open Rights Group has set up a petition in response to last week's news that the British government is planning to sell access to private tax records.






07:30 Japan's Demented Real Life 'Truman Show'» Neatorama

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There was a show which aired in Japan from 1998 to 2002 that made the Truman Show look like Romper Room, and attempted to answer the question- can one live only on winning prizes?

The show was called Susunu! Denpa Shonen, and it starred a Japanese comedian named Nasubi who "won" the privilege of being trapped in a studio apartment with no clothes and no supplies for a year and a half, forced to win a million dollars worth of prizes from magazines and other media if he ever wanted to get back to his normal life.

Unbeknownst to the star of the show his every move, 24 hours a day, was broadcast to a Japanese audience who couldn’t get enough of this voyeuristic experiment in delicate torture TV.

Read more about this totally bizarre Japanese TV show over at Dangerous Minds.

07:25 'Chameleon' Crystals Could Camouflage Clothing & Cars» LiveScience.com
Just as a chameleon can instantly morph its skin color to match its surroundings, a new method of controlling crystals using light and chemistry could make clothing or cars change color on demand.
07:00 Obama official responsible for copyright chapters of TPP & ACTA gets a job at MPAA; his replacement is another copyright lobbyist» Boing Boing
Stan McCoy is the assistant US Trade Representative who oversaw the creation of the disastrous, far-reaching copyright provisions in ACTA and the Trans Pacific Partnership.






07:00 This Cybernetic Fellow Is All Wound Up» Neatorama


Wind-up Cyberman by Gordon Brebner Designs

If you ever receive a little cybernetic man shaped toy as a gift, whether it's a wind-up toy or not, you'd better ask for a gift receipt because that shiny little guy is a ticking timebomb! He's just waiting for his chance to delete humanity, ready to turn entire planets into cybermen just like him.

Do you need a doctor but don't have time to search the galaxy for suitable support? Throw on this Wind-up Cyberman t-shirt by Gordon Brebner Designs and Whovians will come out of the woodwork to help you fight the mechanized future.

Visit Gordon Brebner Designs's Facebook page and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more neat designs:

Invisible Plane Owner's Workshop ManualDon't Call Me ChickenMy Neighbor NederoSuch Christmas

View more designs by Gordon Brebner Designs | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

07:00 When You Do Something The Other Doesn’t Like» Neatorama

Has this ever happened to you? The caption for the comic at Doghouse Diaries says,

This comic was created after performing a longitudinal study with a sample size of 2.

Which highlights a scenario that happens all-too-often in human relationships. You could say it’s just because women think faster on their feet, but as you age and become wiser, you realize that the best response in both cases is just. “No, thanks.”

06:58 Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority opinion, reasoned that 'a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers' as well as for recording their calls, both of which he believed gave anonymous callers enough reliability for police officers to act on their tips with reasonable suspicion against the people being reported. The specific case before them involved an anonymous woman who called 911 to report a driver who forced her off the road. She gave the driver's license plate number and the make and model of his car as well as the location of the incident in question. Police officers later found him, pulled him over, smelled marijuana, and searched his car. They found 30 pounds of weed and subsequently arrested the driver. The driver later challenged the constitutionality of the arrest, claiming that a tip from an anonymous source was unreliable and therefore failed to meet the criteria of reasonable suspicion, which would have justified the stop and search. Five of the nine justices disagreed with him." The ruling itself (PDF).

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06:58 Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans» Slashdot
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and glasses, make strange faces and so on, which makes the task of facial recognition tricky even for humans. A well-known photo database called Labelled Faces in the Wild captures much of this variation. It consists of 13,000 face images of almost 6000 public figures collected off the web. When images of the same person are paired, humans can correctly spot matches and mismatches 97.53 per cent of the time. By comparison, face recognition algorithms have never come close to this. Now a group of computer scientists have developed a new algorithm called GaussianFace that outperforms humans in this task for the first time. The algorithm normalises each face into a 150 x 120 pixel image by transforming it based on five image landmarks: the position of both eyes, the nose and the two corners of the mouth. After being trained on a wide variety of images in advance, it can then compare faces looking for similarities. It does this with an accuracy of 98.52 per cent; the first time an algorithm has beaten human-level performance in such challenging real-world conditions. You can test yourself on some of the image pairs on the other side of the link."

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06:49 Turkey's PM offers condolences to Armenians» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Erdogan said the killing and mass deportation of Armenians between 1915 and 1916 had inhumane consequences.
06:39 Best GPS Running Watches» LiveScience.com
Are you interested in buying a GPS watch to track your running performance and fitness? Live Science's in-depth reviews can help you decide which device to purchase.
06:30 The Hive-Inn - Stacked Shipping Container Housing» Neatorama

It may seem like a strange idea to use stacks of shipping containers as hotel rooms or temporary housing, but this isn’t an idea conceived for the luxury set.

Hong Kong based OVA Studio came up with the idea of using modular containers as a quick and easy way to provide shelter for people displaced by natural disasters, for use as mobile hospital units, offices, basically whenever a situation arises where a lot of people need some temporary housing.

The recycled shipping containers are slotted together to create a multi-level structure OVA calls the Hive-Inn, which can grow or decrease in size as needed and is ready at a moment's notice.

This project reminds me of the trailer park "stacks" which are home to the main character in the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.

-Via Designboom

06:00 This Day in Blogging History: Scarfolk, trapped in a 1969-79 loop; Meat business-cards; Leaked memo reveals Diebold's illegal voting machines» Boing Boing
One year ago today Wyndhamesque missives from Scarfolk, an English horror-town trapped in a 1969-79 loop: I'm loving the Scarfolk site, where "Dr R Littler" chronicles the mysteries of an English town stuck in a Wyndham-esque loop betwen 1969 and 1979.






06:00 That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued» Neatorama

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In 1986, volunteers in Cleveland inflated 1.5 million helium balloons to break the Guinness World Record and raise funds for the United Way. What could possibly go wrong? Despite threatening weather, the balloons were release from the huge netting, and many lovely pictures were taken.

Then the "asteroid field" of airborne debris clouded the sky, shut down a runway at a local airport, interrupted Coast Guard attempts to rescue a pair of fisherman, spooked some prize-winning horses, and generally made a mess of un-biodegradable [edit: apparently the balloons were biodegradable, fwiw!] garbage on land.

Gizmodo has more on the story, plus links to eyewitness accounts, and beautiful photographs from Tom Sheridan. -via Metafilter

05:55 Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions» Slashdot
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "The Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 — 2, has upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, finding that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. 'This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it,' wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy. 'Michigan voters used the initiative system to bypass public officials who were deemed not responsive to the concerns of a majority of the voters with respect to a policy of granting race-based preferences that raises difficult and delicate issues.' Kennedy's core opinion in the Michigan case seems to exalt referenda as a kind of direct democracy that the courts should be particularly reluctant to disturb. This might be a problem for same-sex marriage opponents if a future Supreme Court challenge involves a state law or constitutional amendment enacted by voters. Justice Sonia Sotomayor reacted sharply in disagreeing with the decision in a 58 page dissent. 'For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy (PDF) that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government.' The decision was the latest step in a legal and political battle over whether state colleges can use race and gender as a factor in choosing what students to admit. Michigan has said minority enrollment at its flagship university, the University of Michigan, has not gone down since the measure was passed. Civil rights groups dispute those figures and say other states have seen fewer African-American and Hispanic students attending highly competitive schools, especially in graduate level fields like law, medicine, and science."

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05:30 Can't Afford Roman Antiquities But Love the Style? Try These Instead» Neatorama

Rome was one heck of a civilization and there's no denying that they had great style. Unfortunately, most of us can't really go buy a real antiquity and the knock offs just look cheap. If you want something with style, class and a little modern touch though, Jaime Hayon has you covered with his New Rome series.

The designs are all based on classic Roman styles, but with modern materials that give the pieces a clean, eye-catching look that fans of ancient and new styles can agree on.

Check out more pictures over at Homes and Hues: Roman Artifacts Inspired These Delightful Table Designs

05:10 Mysterious Mounds | Space Wallpaper» LiveScience.com
This space wallpaper is a color-coded topography map of Juventae Chasma revealed by Mars Express. White and red show the highest terrains, while blue and purple show the deepest.
05:00 9 Famous Thinkers Who Were Total Hypocrites» Cracked: All Posts
By Cornelius Heyer,Sammy Trujillo,Sam Jackson  Published: April 23rd, 2014  If you think "hypocrite" is too strong a word for the people on this list, keep in mind that we're all hypocrites, in a way. Even the most fierce animal rights activist may really love the leather shoes some poor cow made possible. We're all human, a
05:00 6 Real How-To Guides You Won't Believe Anyone Needs» Cracked: All Posts
By Mark Hill  Published: April 23rd, 2014  One of the best things about the Internet is that it contains a wealth of information to guide you through life's unexpected obstacles. If it wasn't for the wise words of complete strangers, I never would have been able to fix my own toilet, master a
05:00 5 Plot Lines Erotic Novels Desperately Need to Adopt» Cracked: All Posts
By C. Coville  Published: April 23rd, 2014  Sales of urban fantasy, erotica, and romance books are growing faster than the engorged manhood of a vampire whose lack of blood circulation has mysteriously not left him impotent. Maybe this is because society has become more accepting of sexuality
05:00 4 Horrible Ways We're Bringing Sci-Fi Technologies to Life» Cracked: All Posts
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05:00 25 Symbols You Never Noticed in Everyday Life» Cracked: All Posts
By CRACKED Readers  Published: April 23rd, 2014  We here at Cracked love our Easter eggs. That's why we find it totally awesome to learn that there are Easter eggs hiding all around us in real life. We asked you to bring us some of those Easter eggs that we never noticed, and gave $200 to the winne
04:48 New Crustaceans Found Crawling on Dead Whale Bones Off Antarctica» LiveScience.com
British researchers using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to explore the deep seafloor stumbled across the bare bones of a minke whale. Speckling the bones were tiny animals that resembled wood lice, only smaller, the researchers discovered.
03:48 Google’s Revamped Gmail Could Take Encryption Mainstream» WIRED
Encryption is the best way to protect your online communications from the prying eyes of the National Security Agency. So says NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The rub is that email encryption systems like PGP — short for Pretty Good Privacy — are a real pain for people to use, especially if they’re not steeped in […]






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